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The New Climate Economics

At the end of September, WRI helped launch The New Climate Economy, the flagship project of The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. The year-long research project will analyze the economic costs and benefits of climate action. In an OpEd originally posted on Project Syndicate, former President of Mexico and current WRI Board member Felipe Calderón and Lord Nicholas Stern discuss The New Climate Economics and how recent extreme weather events have focused attention on how to reconcile increased action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with strong economic growth. Photo: Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. Left-to-right: Andrew Steer, Boonam Shin, Lena Ek, Felipe Calderón, Jens Stoltenberg, Rt. Hon. Gregory Barker, Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, and Jeremy Oppenheim.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

Greenhouse Gas Protocol Online Training Series – The GHG Protocol will host the following online training courses. Registration for each webinar is currently available for U.S. $500. Please note that course registration is limited and will close once we reach capacity.
• 15-17 October 2013 – Webinar Training: GHG Protocol Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Standard
• 12-14 November 2013 – Webinar Training: GHG Protocol Product Standard
WORKSHOP – 17 October 2013; São Paulo, Brasil – GHG Protocol Agrícola. Apresentação da ferramenta de cálculo de emissões de GEE para o agronegócio brasileiro.

[VIDEO] Launch of “The New Climate Economy” project


[WEBSITE]The New Climate Economy


[WEBSITE]Focus on Land in Africa


Global Leaders Highlight Actions Needed to Achieve Climate JusticeGlobal Leaders Highlight Actions Needed to Achieve Climate Justice. A diverse group of global leaders launched the Declaration on Climate Justice to highlight the impacts of climate change on world’s most vulnerable people and the urgent need to build a “just transition” to low-carbon and climate-resilient societies.
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IPCC Report Delivers A Strong Message On Climate For Business LeadersIPCC Report Delivers A Strong Message On Climate For Business Leaders. What does the recent IPCC report this mean for business? “In short,” explains Manish Bapna, “climate change is bringing greater risks and investment challenges; but it also means that smart responses can deliver economic benefits in the transition to a low-carbon economy.” This post originally appeared on Forbes.com.
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5 Major Takeaways from the IPCC Report on Global Climate Change5 Major Takeaways from the IPCC Report on Global Climate Change. Instead of asking only what’s new about this IPCC report, here are five of the most important takeaways – all of which have significant implications for decision-makers and society.
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• Related post: World’s Carbon Budget to Be Spent in Three Decades.

IMF Experts and Others Envision a World without Energy SubsidiesIMF Experts and Others Envision a World without Energy Subsidies. Energy subsidies can be reformed in ways that benefit people and the planet. In fact, some governments are already seeking out ways to do so.
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5 Areas for Action to Set the <strong class='StrictlyAutoTagBold'>Green Climate Fund</strong> on an Ambitious Path” src=”http://image.exct.net/lib/fefc16727c6105/i/1/45e76825-4.jpg” width=”150″ height=”113″ border=”0″ /></a><b><a href=5 Areas for Action to Set the Green Climate Fund on an Ambitious Path. The Green Climate Fund must make progress on five key issues at its meeting in Paris this week – funding priorities, contribution process, resource distribution, partnerships, and investor incentives.
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The Difficulty of Defining Adaptation FinanceThe Difficulty of Defining Adaptation Finance. While working on tracking adaptation finance for our Adaptation Finance Accountability Initiative project, we often get the question “What is adaptation finance?” or “What counts as adaptation finance?”
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How to Weave Ecosystem Services into Impact AssessmentsHow to Weave Ecosystem Services into Impact Assessments. A new guide helps impact practitioners and project developers evaluate the social implications of the impacts on ecosystems brought by highways, dams, oil and gas wells, and other such projects.
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Conflicting Reporting Systems May Hinder Company Water Risk StrategiesConflicting Reporting Systems May Hinder Companies’ Water Risk Strategies.More and more investors are clamoring for sustainability reports and disclosure initiatives to identify corporate water risks, but the process of actually evaluating water supply risks is challenging. This post originally appeared on Guardian Sustainable Business’s Water hub blog.
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New Climate Action Report - U.S. Can Reach its Emissions-Reduction Goal, but Only With Ambitious ActionNew Climate Action Report: U.S. Can Reach its Emissions-Reduction Goal, but Only With Ambitious Action. Kristin Meek reflects on what the United States has done over the past four years and what still needs to happen across the major emissions sources in order meet the national emissions-reduction goal and curb the effects of climate change.
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Leveling the Playing Field for Legal Timber in BrazilLeveling the Playing Field for Legal Timber in Brazil. Despite Brazil’s impressive progress towards balancing forest protection and production, illegal logging and associated trade in the Amazon continues. To reduce illegal logging and support the legal actors in the forest sector, Brazil must strengthen its forest control systems and policies.
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